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International standards on food and environmental radioactivity measurement for radiological protection: status and perspectives.

Calmet, D*; Ameon, R*; Bombard, A*; Brun, S*; Byrde, F*; Chen, J*; Duda, J M*; Forte, M*; Fournier, M*; Fronka, A*; Haug, T*; Herranz, M*; Husain, A*; Jerome, S; Jiranek, M*; Judge, S; Kim, S B*; Kwakman, P*; Loyen, J*; Llaurado, M*; Michel, R*; Porterfield, D*; Ratsirahonana, A*; Richards, A*; Rovenska, K*; Sanada, T*; Schuler, C*; Thomas, L*; Tokonami, S*; Tsapalov, A*; Yamada, T* (2017) International standards on food and environmental radioactivity measurement for radiological protection: status and perspectives. Radiat. Prot. Dosim., 173 (1-3). pp. 55-62.

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Abstract

Radiological protection is a matter of concern for members of the public and thus national authorities are more likely to trust the quality of radioactivity data provided by accredited laboratories using common standards.Normative approach based on international standards aims to ensure the accuracy or validity of the test result through calibrations and measurements traceable to the International System of Units.This approach guarantees that radioactivity test results on the same types of samples are comparable over time and space as well as between different testing laboratories.Today, testing laboratories involved in radioactivity measurement have a set of more than 150 international standards to help them perform their work. Most of them are published by the International Standardization Organization(ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).This paper reviews the most essential ISOstandards that give guidance to testing laboratories at different stages from sampling planning to the transmission of the test report to their customers,summarizes recent activities and achievements and present the perspectives on new standards under development by the ISO Working Groups dealing with radioactivity measurement in connection with radiological protection.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: radioactivity, ISO standards
Subjects: Ionising Radiation
Ionising Radiation > Radioactivity
Divisions: Chemical, Medical & Environmental Science
Identification number/DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncw342
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 13:50
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/7548

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